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AS IS | Lusiné Tumanian


From Yerevan, Armenia

Based in Saint Petersburg, Russia

“Look with your eyes and see with your heart!”

A: What brought you into art?

L: Laziness. I was interested in science, music, and art, and I mistakenly thought that painting was the easiest. But I did not come into art right away, my first education is the restoration of works of art.

A: What inspires you the most?

L: The beauty of the world in general, the Armenian culture in particular.

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?

L: I usually listen to music, podcasts, or the news because I get bored just drawing with my hands. I like it when the brain works in different directions at the same time.

A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

L: To develop taste, you need to watch and memorize a lot of high-quality visual materials. It can be not only paintings but also cinema, and photography.

A: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?

L: Beauty, craftsmanship, meaning.

A: The best angle to look at art is from..?

L: Probably from the hall of the museum, where the work is exhibited? I would like to be able to visit all the museums and galleries where paintings are interesting to me.

A: The Perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:.?

L: Impressionism is realism?

A: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?

L: I think it could be artists’ diaries. I really enjoyed the book of Martiros Saryan’s Memoirs about the first half of his life, in which he understood his destiny, got an education, and traveled a lot in search of ideas.

A: What would it be if you could change one thing in the art world?

L: I guess I would restrict the ability to distribute low-quality art. Now every non-professional can publish their work on the Internet, and in general, this greatly lowers the level of art.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)

L: “Look with your eyes and see with your heart!” (M. Saryan)

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